pseudo-folk brilliance from the Rusted Rail label, this time in the
form of Ireland's Agitated Radio Pilot. The group, which
encompasses a somewhat rotating group of contributors with
David Colohan at its centre, creates music which is unusual yet
seamlessly enticing. The lead singer's crisp voice is unmistakeable,
a distinct mish-mash of Johnny Cash, Stephin Merritt, and
Leonard Cohen, his singing never far off from mere speaking.
Instrumentally, A Field Day is based largely around various
stringed instruments - including acoustic and electric guitar,
mandolin, and sitar - but several other instruments help imbue
personality to the proceedings. For example, the insanely beautiful
title-track would not be quite as sweet if it weren't for the double
bass or the subtle addition of accordion and electronics. Meanwhile,
marvellously wistful "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things,"
based around a repeated sitar line, is fitted with a superbly
longing piano part; meanwhile, expansive "Far North" features
longing solos on melodica and electric guitar. Together, A Field
Day is a very strong EP from Colohan and company. Unique
delivery, melodic composition, and a knack for atmosphere make these
six tracks remarkably unforgettable.